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A three-week lockdown has begun in Cyprus where authorities have been battling a surge in coronavirus cases over the past month.
Restrictions aimed at curbing rising Covid-19 infections were reintroduced at 5am local time with all retail businesses, including department stores, malls, restaurants, hairdressers and beauty parlours, being ordered shut.
As Covid-19 cases rise across the world, hopes that life could get back to some semblance of normality by summer are fading. What chance do we have of going to a festival, flying off for a holiday or attending a major sporting event? My colleagues Tom Wall, Vanessa Thorpe and Harriet Sherwood have the answer.
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